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Alex Teitz of Fem Music sent us several articles this past couple of weeks that our readers may find very interesting. We recommend that you check them out!

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Lizzo Sues Over ‘Truth Hurts’ Songwriting Credits

By Ben Sisario, New York Times | Who wrote Lizzo’s hit “Truth Hurts”? That question may now be settled in a court of law.

Last week, two songwriting brothers accused Lizzo of denying them credit for the song, one of the biggest hits of the year. The brothers, Justin and Jeremiah Raisen, said they had contributed to an early songwriting session that yielded the track’s signature line.

A lawyer for Lizzo denied their claim at the time, but now the singer has sued the Raisens, as well as another writer, Yves Rothman, who made his own claim about “Truth Hurts.”

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AEG, Live Nation & More Concert Promoters Turn Away From Facial Recognition Tech

Concert promoters in the U.S. are stepping back from plans to scan festivalgoers with facial recognition technology, after musicians and others gave it some serious side-eye. Although it remains entirely possible that music venues will eventually take a second look at the controversial technology.

Live-entertainment giants AEG Presents and Live Nation both recently disavowed any plans to use facial recognition at music festivals, despite earlier indications to the contrary. Their public pronouncements have led a group of musicians to declare victory after a months-long campaign to halt the technology’s use at live shows.

Advances in computer vision have enabled businesses to install cameras that can recognize individuals by their face or other biometric characteristics. Venue operators have talked about using the technology at gateways to secure entry for select groups or to offer perks for repeat customers. Privacy advocates worry that such uses might also pave the way for greater intrusions, such as scanning audience members in real time to analyze their behavior.

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Polis Makes Move to Digital ID for Coloradans

By Michael Karlik, Colorado Politics | Calling out the “obsolete legacy of carrying a bunch of plastic around,” Gov. Jared Polis today signed an executive order putting Coloradans one step closer to a smartphone-based digital identification system.

The feature will be rolled into the myColorado app, which the Governor’s Office of Information Technology debuted in January of this year, initially only providing driver’s license renewals.

“By Dec. 1 everyone will be able to use this for interaction with state agencies, with the exception of law enforcement,” Polis said on Tuesday. He clarified that some other uses , such as passing through Transportation Security Administration airport screenings or as identification for next week’s statewide election, are not yet permitted.

The myColorado app allows users to scan the barcode of their driver’s license and upload pictures of the front and back. It will enable a person to show their address and age, and according to Polis has even more security features than a plastic ID.

“Transaction technology has to be just as secure a thing as identity verification. The private sector’s already moved there,” Polis said. “You can use Venmo or PayPal where you can buy something with your iPhone. In many ways this is more secure than this—” he held up his credit card. Plastic cards, the governor mentioned, can be stolen.

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